Classic concert montages come a dime a dozen in the age of the internet and cell phone. What distinguishes Fillmore: The Last Days DVD is documentary feel that the reissued film has. Cleaned up both visually and sonically with performances by lost legends Lamb and Cold Blood, Fillmore explores the world of San Francisco in the late 1960s, and the domineering stranglehold that promoter Bill Graham had over it.
There’s plenty of magic to the music, and Hot Tuna adds fire with saucy takes on "Candy Man" and "Uncle Sam Blues." Quicksilver Messenger Service electrifies the centerpiece of the film with scorching blues stretches on "Fresh Air" and "Mojo." It’s a Beautiful Day brings back the peace, love and flowers vibe inherent on their chart topper, "White Bird." But, Fillmore: The Last Days is stolen by the stormy relationship between Graham and the group Santana, whose forceful renderings of "In a Silent Way" and "Incident at Neshabur" obliterate any argument over who should have closed the legendary concert venue over the course of June 30-July 4, 1971.
Fillmore: The Last Days is out now on Rhino Records.